We Need To Stop Using The Term “Literary Fiction”
Joshua Isard

I’ve always heard “literary” (which I call the “L” word) used to distinguish certain books from “mainstream” fiction. In that usage “literary” may indeed be pretentious, but it also acknowledges the work’s limited commercial appeal, saying, in essence, that no ordinary person (i.e., someone with a real life) will bother to read this stuff. Hence it’s humbling for those of us writers who engage in the genre.

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